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Einstein Theory Proven Correct

Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 23, 2012

The name Albert Einstein has almost mystical connotations due to the magnitude of his contributions to modern physics.  As a young man in his 20s, beginning in about 1905 and continuing for approximately 10 years, Einstein published his most famous theories including one on relativity.  He spent the second half of his life in a failed search for a unified theory that would tie together the key principles of physics, in essence determining why the universe is what it is.

While Einstein is best known for his theory of relativity and his famous equation, e=mc2, he is also credited with many other important theories including one that theorized that the speed of light (186,000 miles a second) could not be exceeded, (the “c” part of his most famous equation). This week, Gautam Naik published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal titled Unreal Finding May Be Just That concerning some modern physicists who thought they proved Einstein wrong concerning his speed of light theory.

Last September scientists using the most advanced equipment in Geneva, Switzerland announced that they had observed particles called neutrinos traveling faster than the speed of light.  Quite a bit of excitement was created by this finding, however more recently it was proven false and likely caused by a malfunctioning cable that took the advanced equipment out of calibration.

This is not the first time, nor will it be the last, that findings have been flawed by malfunctioning equipment.  As Naik points out, a couple of decades ago the Hubble Space Telescope was sending back skewed data because of defective equipment and had to repaired by astronauts.  In 1999,  the Mars Climate Orbiter spacecraft was destroyed entering the Martian atmosphere because scientist failed to convert English Imperial Units to Metric.

Besides reconfirming the genius of Albert Einstein, Naik’s op-ed again points to the imperfection of modern science, even against common sense and old science, which Einstein’s theories are now part of.  This reality should be enough to bring in the question those that are so dogmatic about the science behind man-made global warming.  That science is based on some of the most complex modeling ever devised.  The potential costs of setting policies based on what is no better than part science and part art could have catastrophic effects on the cost and availability of the basic staples required to support humanity in the future.  The zealous believers in the theory of man-made global warming who have created such an alarm over this possibility, ignore the real dangers to man should they be wrong.

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Solar Storm a Big Dud

Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 13, 2012

In the middle of last week scientist were warning us of an upcoming strong solar storm that could disrupt electric grids, GPS signals and airline travel.  The storm hit the earth Thursday morning traveling at a staggering 2.7 million mph.  And, …..  nothing, not even a blip anywhere on Earth from it.

Jeffrey Hughes, director of the Center for Integrated Space Weather Modeling at Boston University, said after the storm passed: “I think we just lucked out.   It just didn’t pack as strong a magnetic field as we were anticipating.”   Translation: we blew it!

Modeling is the same technique used to predict the effects of carbon dioxide on the Earth’s future temperatures.  At the same time, modeling the effects of near-term solar storms is significantly simpler than model long-term global temperatures and their causes and effects.

This latest prediction of calamity that failed to materialize can be added to others including Y2k, SARs, and Swine Flu.  While one of these days the fear-mongers will get it right, it is not likely to be with their claims of manmade global warming.  Still, Progressive politicians like Barack Obama will claim come to the rescue of us helpless citizens.  The unintended consequences will be  increased worldwide hunger and slower growth economy, and of course more power to the political class.

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Apollo 11 Moon Landing Plus 41 Years

Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 22, 2010

Contributor Jim Mahoney wrote a piece on the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo moon landing that he recently forwarded to this Blog.  It not only correctly points to the huge benefits that the World received from his American adventure, but also the dark-side of how society has slipped in those four decades.

After Jim penned “One Small Step”, it came out that President Obama instructed NASA Administrator Charles Bolden to change NASA’s charge from science maker to Progressive mouthpiece when he told Al Jazeera in an interview:

When I became the NASA administrator – or before I became the NASA administrator – he [Obama] charged me with three things.  One was he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math, he wanted me to expand our international relationships, and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science … and math and engineering,”

It is ironic that in less sophisticated times it was religion that was most likely to impinge on science and the scientific method.  Today the danger to science comes from the loony-Left.  As Jim Mahoney states: “Today, I’m afraid we tend to focus on our limitations, instead of our strengths.”

One Small Step, By Jim Mahoney

There are a handful of moments in your life where you can remember exactly where you were and what you were doing on a particular day, and most of those are usually accompanied by bad news.  One day of my life that is indelibly etched in my memory is July 20, 1969.  I was 13 years old, it was a hot, humid Sunday, and there was an electricity in the air because I knew that history was about to be made.  This was the day that man would land on the moon for the very first time. Read the rest of this entry »

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